Thursday, June 8, 2017

US-led coalition's statement after bombing pro-Syrian government forces for the third time near al-Tanf

The US-led coalition said in a statement after bombing pro-Syrian government forces for the third time near al-Tanf that it doesn't aim to fight against the Syrian army or Russia.

The coalition added that the Syrian opposition supported by the US would stay near al-Tanf until Daesh terrorist group is defeated.

The US-led coalition also voiced concern over the "hostility" of pro-Syrian government militia in Syria and vowed to take security measures.

The statement comes following the US-led coalition's strikes on pro-Damascus forces near al-Tanf in the area of a deconfliction zone following an alleged attack by a combat drone resulting in no coalition forces' casualties. The coalition targeted the drone and trucks with weapons.

On May 18, the US-led coalition struck pro-Assad fighters near the town of al-Tanf in the area of an established deconfliction zone with Russia. The coalition strikes occurred near al-Tanf, where US' and British special operations forces have been training Syrian rebel fighters near the border with Iraq and Jordan. Russia slammed the move as a violation of international law.

On June 6, the Pentagon announced the coalition conducted a new strike on pro-Syrian government forces as they entered the de-confliction zone with Russia and posed threat to its personnel. The force comprised of a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers. A Syrian source told Sputnik on Tuesday that at least two Syrian servicemen were killed and more than 15 injured as a result of the coalition attack.

The United States and Russia signed the bilateral memorandum of understanding in October 2015 to ensure their flight safety during combat missions over Syria.

  •   US strikes pro-govt forces in Syria, shoots down drone...

The US-led coalition has struck Syrian pro-government forces near its training base of At Tanf, and shot down an armed drone outside its deconfliction zone. The previous airstrike close to At Tanf on Tuesday was condemned by Damascus and Moscow.

“U.S. conducted strikes against two technical vehicles that we were assessed to be posing a threat to Coalition forces at At-Tanf garrison,” Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon tweeted.

“Today was the third set of kinetic strikes the U.S. conducted in response to threats posed to Coalition forces operating out of At Tanf. The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime or pro-regime forces. However, we remain ready to defend ourselves against any threat,” said Dillon, deploying the same language that was used to explain the strikes on May 18 and June 6.

Despite broad similarities with previous incidents, there were key differences. Dillon said that a US patrol went outside the 55km deconfliction zone, when it was fired on by a drone belonging to pro-government forces analogous to the US MQ-1, which it then destroyed.

Syria does not recognize US deconfliction zones inside its sovereign territory. While the US previously said that Russia approved a safe zone outside At Tanf, where American forces are training anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militias, this week Moscow said that “unilaterally-declared” deconfliction zones are “illegitimate.”

Dillon said that the second strike earlier on Thursday was against a weapons-laden pickup truck near the training base, where several hundred US personnel are stationed. Its allegiance was not specified and no casualties were sustained by coalition forces in either incident.


  1. США нанесли в четверг новый авиационный удар по проправительственным силам в Сирии после того, как они выступили против пользующихся американской поддержкой вооруженных формирований...

    Об этом сообщил официальный представитель коалиции во главе с США американский полковник Райан Диллон на своей странице в Twitter.

    Также ВВС США сбили в четверг беспилотник проправительственных сил на юге Сирии, который якобы открыл огонь по войскам коалиции, говорится в заявлении штаба операции Inherent Resolve ("Непоколебимая решимость"), которая проводится в Ираке и Сирии группой стран во главе с США.

    "Проправительственный беспилотник, сравнимый по размеру c MQ-1 Predator, был сбит американской авиацией после того, как выпустил один из снарядов, которые он нес, рядом с позициями сил коалиции, осуществляющими тренировку и консультирование местных отрядов для борьбы с (запрещенной в РФ террористической группировкой) "Исламское государство", - отмечается в документе. Как отметил на брифинге для журналистов официальный представитель штаба контртеррористической операции Райан Диллон, беспилотник не попал по цели. При этом он утверждал, что речь шла "не о предупредительном огне".
    Как подчеркивается в заявлении штаба, инцидент с беспилотником последовал за другим авианалетом авианалетом, "в ходе которого силы коалиции уничтожили две проправительственных военные машины, приближавшиеся к отрядам коалиции в Ат-Танфе внутри установленной зоны деэскалации, угрожавшие коалиции и ее партнерам".......

  2. La coalición liderada por EEUU no tiene la intención de combatir contra el Ejército sirio o sus aliados, en particular Rusia, declaró el mando de la coalición en un comunicado.

    "La Coalición no se propone luchar contra el régimen sirio o las fuerzas rusas y progubernamentales asociadas con él", dice la declaración publicada en la página web del Mando Central de EEUU (Centcom).....

  3. The United States does not consider strikes against pro-Syrian government forces near At Tanf an escalation of tensions, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a briefing on Thursday...

    "We do not see this as an escalation," Nauert told reporters when asked about the strikes.

    Earlier on Thursday, the US-led coalition fighting Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) conducted the third strike against pro-Syrian government forces within a deconfliction zone near At Tanf. The coalition also destroyed a pro-Syrian government drone, similar in size to a US MQ-1 Predator, which dropped munitions on a coalition patrol.


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